Do you have a plain blazer that you'd like to add some Zing! to? Today's Revamped D.I.Y will not only help you to create an original blazer which will stand out in the crowd, it will also (at least) triple the value of the blazer!
Years ago I was browsing in my favorite Adidas Originals store when I spotted an AMAZING football jersey dress by Jeremy Scott. It was covered in jewels, all silver and blue and it was absolutely divine! I've kept that dress in my memory for years and finally, I found the inspiration to incorporate the blue and silver jewels into something I can wear every day!
The Adidas dress which inspired this look.
One day I happened to come across a royal blue blazer. I loved the colour but the blazer was so plain! Then I realized... this was it. I could finally use that Jeremy Scott inspiration and create the blingin blazer of my dreams!
What you will need:
Blazer or Jacket
Rivet hammering tool (ask for this when you purchase the rivets)
Hole punch or scissors
Some of the equipment you will need.
The plain blazer was only $50 from Cotton On. A bit of a bargain for a blazer which was a very good fit. I then headed to Birdsall Leather in Botany (they also have a great online store. Check out the link) and bought a couple of packs of rivets and the little rivet punching tool required.
I had to be careful when punching the holes in the collar of the blazer because it's a slightly stretchy material. I used a fine hole punching tool. If you don't have one of those you can gently use the end of your snips or scissors to poke a hole for the rivet to poke through.
*Keep the holes small because if the holes stretch the rivets will fall out and you'll just have a holey collar on your blazer. Eek!
Once I punched the holes, I poked the stem of the gem rivet (they call this the male part) through the hole, then, on the back side of the collar, I placed the back of the rivet (the female part) over the stem until I could hear a little 'click'.
Next, I placed a soft piece of denim (or leather) onto the chopping board to protect the gem from getting scratched or damaged when I hammered the back on.
I faced the gem down onto the denim, and cupped the back of the rivet with the hammering tool. I gave the tool two hard bangs with the hammer and checked that the rivet was in place.
I like to place my rivets in randomly. You might like to create a pattern. I'd love to see your creations! What other things could you decorate with rivets or studs? Please post some pictures of your Revamped D.I.Y projects on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/revampedfashion
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I am a freelance designer and stylist who creates avant-garde fashion and costume. I specialize in custom making costumes for musicians, physical theatre, and dance companies. I love what I do and I love to share my passion and teach others :D